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Patrick Hall, b.1935

Ancestors1991

In his work Patrick Hall attempts to explore the great mysteries of human existence, the tension between the spiritual and material aspects of life, the vanity and futility of man’s aspirations and the desire for peace. His name is often linked with the Neo-Expressionist trend in Irish painting in the 1980s but Hall has always disassociated himself from the political concerns of that movement. His work ‘is haunted by the unknowable, the indescribable and the wrong turn. This anxiety helps to account for a certain awkwardness in his work; it stutters in a way that reflects a lack of coherence, a dislocation between different aspects of his being’.*

*John Hutchinson. Walking on Water, in Patrick Hall; Clouds, Published by the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; The Green on Red Gallery and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 2002.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions152 x 157 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.89
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Patrick Hall, Ancestors, 1991, Oil on canvas, 152 x 157 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1992

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About the Artist

Patrick Hall b.1935

Irish artist Patrick Hall studied at the Chelsea School of Art in London. He moved to Spain in 1966, returning to live in Dublin in 1974. Through his paintings Hall attempts to explore the tension between the spiritual and material aspects of life, the vanity and futility of man's aspirations and the desire for peace. His works are included in many private and public collections. Hall was elected as a member of Aosdána in 1982. An exhibition of his drawings took place at IMMA in 2007. — View Artist »